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To the 2-3 people still following my delicious links: 1) Thank you and I love you. 2) I'm now posting links here instead: https://pinboard.in/u:porejide/

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> Despite our observation of a declining trend in the age-specific incidence of dementia and the possible stabilization of dementia occurrence in Western Europe,32 the worldwide burden of dementia will continue to increase rapidly as the average life expectancy increases. This is especially true for the most economically vulnerable persons, the most elderly persons in high-income countries,33 and persons in low-to-middle-income countries,34,35 where the average life expectancy and the burden of vascular risk factors are increasing most rapidly.

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> I love the dark humor of those birthday cards that say "Happy birthday! You're a year older, and a year closer to death." But as any actuary knows, and as I've touched on in this post, that's not actually how it works. On your birthday, you've aged a year, yes, but you've also avoided all the things that might have killed you in that year, and that's worth something. For instance, according to the U.S. Social Security Adminstration's 2011 Actuarial Life Tables, an American female at birth has a life expectancy of about 81, but by age 70, her life expectancy has risen to 86 and 4 months. By her 71st birthday, her life expectancy rises further to 86 and 7 months. Thus, she's a year older, but only 9 months closer to death.

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> Researchers facing multiple outcome measures might want to either select a primary outcome measure or use a global assessment measure, rather than adjusting the p-value.

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> They have occurred as more and more American hospitals are arming guards with guns and Tasers, setting off a fierce debate among health care officials about whether such steps — along with greater reliance on law enforcement or military veterans — improve safety or endanger patients.

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> Asian-Americans make up half of the Bay Area's technology workforce, and their double-digit employment gains came from jobs lost among white tech workers

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> Lists of rules. Ha :) Come on, you know rules don't work. The only thing that works for people like us is the uninstall command, and then the bin.

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> Here is the most important tip: write lots of assertions in your parsing code. Write down every assumption you have about your data's format in the form of assertions, and then revise those assertions as you find out which parts of the data violate them. For instance, should all records be in chronological order? If so, assert it.

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> Indeed, now that I have served on committees faced with hundreds of letters, each describing said candidate as “outstanding” or some other superlative, I find myself paying less and less attention to them. Although we used to look to letters to get a sense of someone's scholarly promise, in today's competitive academic arena, promise is no longer enough. Instead, we end up relying on markers of achievement—CV, transcript, proposal, scholarly output—as do the writers of all those letters.

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